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Most of us have never stopped to think about the health of pastors, who, after all, are generally well-educated with access to health insurance, and also participate in religious communities - something which for many people is related to better health.
However, the Duke Clergy Health Initiative conducted ground-breaking studies in 2008 that definitively pointed to worse chronic disease and obesity rates in North Carolina clergy compared to non-clergy North Carolinians, as well as higher depression rates compared to US adults.
What is going on? At least on the surface, some of the issues are that clergy are caregivers who over-extend themselves, partly because they are so devoted to their sacred calling. As for obesity, the structure of pastors' workday offers many opportunities to eat unhealthy food (breaking donuts -- rather than bread -- with parishioners) and often requires a lot of driving to distant hospitals and meetings, with an average of 4 evenings out per week and fast food being a ready solution for dinner. In the ten years since these initial studies, the Clergy Health Initiative has developed and tested several health and well-being interventions, with success in improving pastors' physical health, but unfortunately not in decreasing depression rates.
Also, many pastors still struggle with stress symptoms. The Duke Endowment, our constant funder during these years, has enabled us to study clergy flourishing and positive mental health and then plan a new intervention study with the goal of decreasing stress symptoms in clergy and improving heart rate variability. In addition, we are conducting a longitudinal panel survey that has five waves to date since 2008; a prospective survey and qualitative interview study of seminary students; multiple dissemination groups and activities; and potentially a 'rapid research response' effort.
Coordinate and participate in the planning and management of data collection and maintenance systems to assist project and/or program directors in project related activities.
The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University is seeking a project
coordinator to coordinate and participate in planning, organizing and conducting health research studies. The study coordinator will partner with other research staff to help develop study procedures; contribute toward the enrollment of study participants; contribute to the design and testing of data collection tools; participate in qualitative and quantitative data collection; and participate in qualitative and quantitative data analysis. The coordinator will also support dissemination activities such as manuscript/report preparation.
Work with a multidisciplinary team to develop and implement studies. Maintain communications with research participants, researchers, research personnel to coordinate various aspects of the research projects.
Contribute to the development of research protocols and SOPs. Maintain liaison with faculty members and research staff of related projects to coordinate the collection and dissemination of data.
Collaborate on the planning, development, implementation and coordination of systems designed to monitor the collection, storing, cleaning and dissemination of data (databases and tracking systems).
Utilize systems for data monitoring and handling to determine consistency of data collected from various sources. Make recommendations for changes and modification to systems as required to ensure timeliness, accuracy and efficiency.
Plan, implement and coordinate systems designed to monitor patient recruitment and maintain participant engagement in study activities.
Participate in data collection, coding and analysis.
Prepare progress reports and summarize analyses in contribution to data interpretation and dissemination.
Provide project administrative support, in coordination with other study staff to support the
implementation of research studies (such as IRB support, reports, purchases).
Assist in hiring, promotions, performance appraisals, transfers and scheduling time off of lower level employees, students and interns.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.
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A driver’s license and ability to drive is required.
This project coordinator must have excellent attention to detail, tracking abilities, and rapport-building skills with diverse participants.
Applicants must have an inquisitive mind, patience with systematic procedures and respect for research.
Experience with Qualtrics, qualitative data coding using NVivo, and general research experience highly desirable.
Applicants must be flexible and willing to accommodate research needs in order to promote the success of multiple projects.
Good writing skills are a plus.
Some statewide travel is required.